Air Transport Association of America Is Now Airlines for America

 - December 6, 2011, 1:50 PM

The Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing major U.S. airlines, formerly known as the Air Transport Association of America, has changed its name to Airlines for America (A4A) to emphasize the industry’s role in connecting the U.S. to the global economy. The association also rolled out a redesigned website this month, and a new logo of five connected aircraft with the tagline, “We Connect the World.”

“As the U.S. looks to compete in growth markets overseas and increase exports and create jobs across the country, our airlines will play an even greater role,” said Nicholas E. Calio, the association’s president and CEO.A4A is acutely aware of the progress and competitive advantages taking place in international markets to build and leverage commercial aviation to support growth. Our focus is to work cooperatively with the administration and Congress to create a tax and regulatory environment that enables U.S. airlines to provide the service needed to compete globally.”

Founded in 1936, the association represents 14 airlines, which with affiliates transport more than 90 percent of U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. Air Canada and Air Jamaica are associate airline members. The association also counts Airbus, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Honeywell Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney as industry partners, and other suppliers and service providers as members.